When you buy a dishwasher, you can usually have the store install it for you. Sometimes you can get the installation for free, but most times it cost around $75. I will show you how I installed mine (if you need to uninstall your old dishwasher, check out this article first – how to remove an old dishwasher)
STEP 1 – The very first thing I did was to read the manuals. I know I know, like most of you, I like to just skip the reading and dive right into assembling my
lego blocks dishwasher but dealing with electric shock and/or plumbing leak is not fun either. So go ahead and grab a beer and read the manual first!
STEP 2 – If you had it delivered, check for parts (draining hose, etc.) and make sure there are no physical damages. I had to remove wooden skids with a ratchet (fig.2.1).
STEP 3 – My dishwasher was supposed to be hardwired but I learned from my past experience that a short wire run makes it a lot harder to remove the dishwasher in the future for service/maintenance. So I decided to buy two things that will make my installation go faster and make it easy to remove in the future: Universal 3 Wire Dishwasher Power cord (part number wx09x70910 – see fig 2.2) and Universal 6′ Dishwasher Connector (part PM28X319 or PM28X10001 – see fig.2.3). These two items will make it much easier to jostle the dishwasher into its final resting place 🙂
STEP 4 – To install the dishwasher power cord (fig.2.4 and fig 2.5): a) turn off circuit breaker of disconnect fuse b) remove the junction box cover; c) snap the plastic retainer end of the power cord through the large hole in the back of the junction box; d) locate the three dishwasher wires (white, black and green) with the stripped ends; e) Using UL listed wire nuts included in the kit, connect incoming white to white, black to black and ground to green wire; f) reinstall the junction box cover; g) check that wires are pinched under the cover. Even though the Sheetmetal opening was rolled, I like to use a simple simple plastic wiring protector in this case.
STEP 5 – Using a worm gear hose clamp (I do not like to use the quick assembly clamp that comes with the dishwasher), attach the drain hose (fig.2.3)
STEP 6 – Take a braided hose from the dishwasher connector kit and assemble fittings (make sure to use white Teflon tapes) (fig.2.7). Brass fitting gets attached to the dishwasher first. Then reducer, then the hose.
STEP 7 – Plug in the power cord, then route the drain and water hoses into the cabinet and slide in the dishwasher into place. Make sure that power cord end will not be squashed by dishwasher back panel (Note: I recessed my receptacle).
STEP 8 – Connect the water hose and drain pipe under the sink. Turn on electric and water.
STEP 9 – Turn on the dishwasher do a sample run
STEP 10 – Check for any leaks by looking under the dishwasher. Also check for level and plumb and adjust base leg screws as necessary
STEP 11 – Once everything checks out, attach dishwasher to either the counter top or cabinets.
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Please note that I have had nothing but problems with this dishwasher and finally replaced it with a Bosch unit in 2011. Once I publish the article, I will post a link here.